The Snake River Plain

The Snake River Plain is the largest contiguous geologic feature in Idaho. The Plain forms a large crescent stretching from Yellowstone Park in the State’s northeast corner across the state through Idaho Falls, American Falls, Burly, Twin Falls, Mountain Home and into Oregon around Ontario, Oregon. The Plain was formed by volcanic activity has left its mark throughout the area … Continue reading

Table Legs Butte by Margo Mandella

Summit Block of Table Legs Butte. Photo - Steve Mandella.

Table Legs Butte is located approximately 3 miles southeast of Atomic City, Idaho, on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This butte, and several other buttes, are visible from Idaho Highway 26. The¬†butte’s summit block is actually made up of a number of small “summits,” which may be why it is named Table Legs Butte, as … Continue reading

Salmon Butte

Salmon Butte is located west of Rodgerson, Idaho, and US-93. This volcanic remnant on the southern edge of the Snake River Plain offers an easy, quick ascent and decent views, especially of the nearby Salmon Falls Reservoir. Take the paved Jarbridge¬†Road west from Rogerson toward the dam. The road heads directly to the Butte and then swings around its northern … Continue reading

Pickles Butte

This peak is not in the book. Pickles Gutte is the highest point in Canyon County and this on a lot of peakbaggers’ lists. There are exceptional views of the Owyhee Mountains from the summit. The butte is located southwest of Nampa on land owned by the county. The county landfill is located on the butte’s northern slopes. A paved … Continue reading

Bear Den Butte

This butte, the highest pount in Minidoka County is not in the book. Bear Den Butte is located in the southwest corner of the Craters of the Moon National Monument. While this butte does not have 300 feet of prominence (254′) its status as the highest point in Minidoka County insures that it is often visited. The butte is not … Continue reading

Lockman Butte

This Snake River Plain butte is not in the book. Lockman Butte is located north of Mountain Home, Idaho. Access this butte from the Canyon Creek Road. [(D)(1)] on page 154 in the book. Follow the road north across the freeway. Soon after the pacement ends, the road,will cross a bridge over a canal which is a diversion from Canyon … Continue reading

Peak 4008 (Jackson School Butte)

This peak is not in the book. This Snake River Plain butte is located northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho and south of US-20. This broad butte is approachable from any direction but private property and access issues make the easiest ascent route from the Teapot Road which runs along the peak’s east side. Take US-20 north and then east from … Continue reading

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